Alexandria Animal Control has sent out the following alert to property owners in the Carlyle/Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, Virginia:
A raccoon sighting in the 2400 block of Eisenhower Avenue on Friday, April 18th is suspected to be rabid. if you have had any contact with a raccoon, please call 703-746-4444 or 571-214-2361.
Rabies is a preventable but deadly viral disease usually spread through the bite of an infected animal.
How to keep you and your pets safe
- Do not feed or approach any wild or stray animals.
- Do not touch any sick, injured or dead animals
- Do not let any wildlife on your property. Avoid leaving any household trash, recycling or pet food accessible outdoors.
- Make sure your dogs and cats are up-to- date on their rabies vaccinations.
- Dogs must be on a leash in all public areas and parks.
- Never leave your dog unattended in the yard and do not allow your cat to roam the neighborhood – pets can be harmed by other animals or injured by cars.
Symptoms of Rabies in Animals:
- Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
- Erratic walking as if drunk, walking in circles or with unsteady gait
- Extreme lethargy exhibited by an animal that would normally startle and run away when frightened
- Unexpected aggression from an animal that would normally startle and run away when frightened
If you believe that any member of your family or a household pet has had recent contact with raccoons or other wildlife in this area, please contact Alexandria Animal Control or the Alexandria Health Department.
- Alexandria Animal Control 703-746-4774
- Alexandria Health Department 703-746-4910 (571-214-2361 after business hours)
- Police Non-Emergency 703-746-4444
For more information visit www.alexandriava.gov/rabies.